$5m Seizure: Protest in Rivers over EFCC probe of Patience Jonathan

patience-jonathan-640x360Niger Delta Youths in conjunction with Civil Liberties Organizations and other voluntary youths bodies on Friday marched through Port-Harcourt in Rivers State to protest what they described as ‘immoral’ victimisation of Dame Patience, the wife to former President Jonathan Goodluck by men of the Economic and Financial rimes omission (EFCC).

The protesters numbering about three dozens who carried placards with different inscriptions were asking the EFCC to stop her on-going probe and leave Patience alone.

EFCC had frozen Patience Jonathan’s personal account registered as ‘Patience Ibifaka Jonathan’, which is domiciled in Skye Bank Plc with a balance of $5million, a development that purportedly irked the youths..

The anti-graft agency had earlier frozen four accounts opened in the name of four companies whose directors were domestic staff of Patience but the accounts were operated by the former first lady with a platinum card.

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The commission is asking Patience to explain how she came about the monies and have the monies back.

Although Patience Jonathan had earlier said that she was indeed the owners of the bank accounts and the monies frozen, she had a couple of days ago made a-turn, distancing herself from the accounts.

The Ijaw Youths had however come to her rescue by threatening to blow up the NNPC Towers in Abuja if EFCC dared to arrest Patience.

They had explained that the monies in question were acquired through what they called “gifts and gratifications” from those who needed one favour or the other from the husband when he was the president.

They had also said that there was nothing wrong or actionable in collecting gifts.

They further argued that in the event there was something wrong with it, they wanted EFCC to start fighting such conduct with former first ladies in Nigeria before her.

But some Nigerians have described as shameful the purported protest.
A Lagos lawyer and human rights activist, Mr Festus Keyamo had a very strong comment to condemn the protest.